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Western style toiletQuiet hideaway
Good phone signalSandy Beach
Has private bungalowsIDR 400,000 to 500,000
Mandemor Homestay has three over-water private bungalows at Yensawai village on Batanta.
The bungalow bedrooms sleep two on a mattress on the floor, which has sheets, pillows, bolsters and a mosquito net supplied. The bedrooms all have a light switch and power outlets and a small desk.
Meals are served on the bungalow verandahs which have panoramic views to the east, across the seagrass flats to the Dampier Strait, Pulau Arefi, and the hills of Batanta.
A western style toilet and bucket bathing is provided on shore for guests.
Electricity is provided by generator and is available from sunset until midnight.
A 4G telephone signal was available in Yensawai in August 2018 and data connections were possible.
The small shops in Yensawai sell basic supplies, but Batanta is quite remote, so you should bring all the consumeables you consider essential.
Raja Ampat suffers from a total lack of safe waste disposal and recycling services. All homestays request that their guests please take their inorganic waste away with them when they leave, so as to not contribute to the growing trash problem in the islands.
Only basic English is spoken at Mandemor Homestay, so it’s best to have a phrasebook with you if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Transport / Getting there
Transport from Waisai to Mandemor Homestay costs IDR 1,500,000 each way. The trip cost is shared by passengers and is in a longboat that can carry up to 4 guests.
If you’re in a hurry, or have a larger group, a speedboat that carries six is also available. Speedboat transfers cost IDR 2,000,000 each way.
Transfers between Mandemor Homestay and anywhere else you’re headed for are available. Prices below are in IDR, for a one way trip, shared by boat passengers.
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Read more about Raja Ampat boat transport prices here.
If you are looking to save money on transfers and have plenty of time available, there is a public boat that runs between Sorong, Arefi on Batanta, and Pam village on Pambemuk. The public boat is a lot cheaper than any other means. It costs about IDR 120,000 one way between Sorong and Pam, so probably cheaper to Batanta. It’s also a long, slow journey. The boat leaves Sorong once a week at 1600 on Fridays, and arrives in Arefi at Batanta at 2200. John Urbon in Sorong can help you find the public boat.
You would need to let your homestay know you were arriving on the ferry so they could arrange a pickup or somewhere for you to spend the night in Arefi. (Small boat travel at night is potentially dangerous.)
The return trip usually leaves Pam around 0830 on Saturday morning, arriving in Arefi at about 1230 and Sorong at 1730.
Be sure to bring snorkelling gear, because Mandemor Homestay has a wealth of marine life right at the door. The seagrass flats that surround the homestay are a nursery for all kinds of creatures and dugongs are sometimes seen grazing right below the homestay. Coral reefs occur not far from Mandemor where the seagrass flats give way to deeper water.
Mandemor Homestay can arrange snorkelling and sightseeing trips to all the local attractions. Waterfalls, sand cays, jungled bays and Pulau Birie’s fabulous reefs are all close by. A few of the many possibilities are listed below. Prices are IDR, per trip, shared by participants.
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Explore Yensawai village and ask about the occasional music performances that are organised there. Long beach walks are possible from the eastern end of the village at low tide.
See our Batanta page for an overview of Batanta, its neighbouring islands, and their attractions.